Actress Emma Stone pulled out of plans to re-enact Jennifer Grey’s famous Dirty Dancing leap in her new movie - because bad memories from a childhood gym class prompted a panic attack on-set.
When film fans check out the scene in Crazy Stupid Love, it will look as if Ryan Gosling lifts the actress aloft - just like Patrick Swayze did in the classic romance - but Stone reveals that’s not her.
She tells BlogTalkRadio.com, “I had a panic attack so that was a stunt double from a distance. We tried a couple of times but it didn’t work out for me. Ryan didn’t do anything wrong. He thinks that I was afraid he was gonna drop me.
“When I was seven, I was in gymnastics class and I was standing on the parallel bars and the woman let go of my ankles and I fell forward and broke both of my arms on the mat. And I had this dormant primal fear I didn’t realise until he (Gosling) was lifting me over his head over the front and my arms immediately went, ‘No!’ My body knew that this could break your arms. I really had a full scale hour-long primal panic attack. It was bizarre.
“But they were so nice to me. One of the directors, Glenn Ficarra, and Ryan were sitting with me in a bed in the house we were shooting in rubbing my back like, ‘You’re alright, we’ll get the stunt double to do it.’”